The third theme is aligned with current initiatives to establish a network of walking tracks throughout the Far North. The emphasis on tracks has been taken up by the Trust with a particular focus upon the “Arawairua” as the ultimate track and as a mysterious icon of the Maori people. Also reflected in the logo design is a theme referred to by the artist as a “manawa” or heart line that connects to the beat of every individual of the area Pakeha or Maori, host or visitor.
The last theme (Kia Kotahi tatou), that has been developed, is that Dalmatian and other Pakeha immigrants and settlers have joined our ranks as real iwi now.
Paul Marshall has been appointed as master carver by the Trust and we have to understand that the great deeds of our ancestors may well become distilled into more specific examples of design and art forms.
Because of the nature of this work we have already begun to source materials and prepare a central site for doing most of the work. However, iwi will undoubtedly have artisans among ourselves who we will wish to participate and perhaps we can establish working outposts which involve and train our young people.
Te Runanga o Te Rarawa is seeking to establish programmes of this nature over the next few months and we will also be approaching the Department of Conservation and others to access cultural resources to help with the work.
Na reira e hara tenei he kōrero tohutohu, heoi ano he kōrero whakamārama ki a koutou e whaiwhakaaro ana, e ngākau nui ana ki tēnei kaupapa ātaahua, matakite rānei. Tukuna mai ō koutou kupu whakamārama kia tū rangatira ai te tirohanga Māori me ōna kaupapa whakahirhira. Engari me āta titiro tonu kia kore e moumou, e kore e takahia rānei te ikeiketanga o tō tātou ao Māori.